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The medical field is one business sector where inefficiency will no longer be acceptable because of a lacking technology. In the United States, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has set forth new protocols outlined in the HITECH Act. This recent development will demand that all medical enterprises make “meaningful use” of electronic medical records (EMRs.) Medical businesses are suggested to begin implementation as soon as possible as this will soon be enforced, starting in 2015.
The need for digital systems in these types of facilities extends beyond the concept of customer service. This process will give the opportunity to make processes more efficient, potentially expediting medical services. More importantly, digital information is more accurately retained and simpler to transfer between facilities. In the event of an emergency, instant access to a patient’s medical health history could be life-saving.
For businesses that have been using the same paper record filing system for years, this will require an undertaking for IT, both in implementing an effective system as well as entering years, or decades worth of information into a new EMR system. Many organizations are turning to free, open platforms that have been specifically developed for use within medical enterprises for the sake of retaining all medical data relative to patient care. Most of these platforms are available from the open source hosting site, SourceForge.net.
One of the more widely utilized open source medical platforms used in Asia is THIRRA. THIRRA is an acronym derived from the conceptual project Portable System for TeleHealth and Health Informatics for Rural and Remote Areas. The project was started for a need to help assist those in parts of the world where medical care is not readily available. THIRRA is designed to assist users in identifying the outbreak of certain infectious diseases to help control centers prevent total epidemics in regions where healthcare is not well developed through Bio-surveillance functionality. Though THIRRA was initially developed in Southeast Asia, the platform has the capability to be utilized by any medical facility.
The THIRRA platform functions by utilizing a web server for database functions. The program can be installed on various OS platforms, which can be used in an offline mode when internet service is not available. When connected to a network, the database will update with information entered on the end client. THIRRA is written in PHP and makes heavy use of the CodeIgnitor platform as well as PostgreSQL for database functions. The interface for the web console relies on jQuery so that the service may be used in conjunction with most OS platforms and with a varieny of web browsers.